Chapter 5 : Chapter 5
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“Good morning,” I said to the trio and sat down across from them.
“Morning,” they mumbled. Apparently the article was very distracting.
“What are you reading?” I asked feigning ignorance. I didn’t want them to know that Draco had already wrote me and warned me.
“They’re going to have a memorial service for everyone who died,” Harry said. “And the three of us are to rewarded for our bravery.”
“Oh,” I said. “Is anyone else going to be rewarded?”
“It doesn’t look like it,” Harry replied. I could tell by the look on his face that he didn’t find this prospect promising.
I left the conversation at that as Mrs. Weasely had just entered the kitchen to start breakfast. Ever since Fred’s death she had been spending more time alone. No one blamed her. After all she had lost her son and if she wanted to reflect on that fact we weren’t going to disturb her.
As she started serving bacon sandwiches, the other three at the table passed the newspaper over to me so I could read the article. The first thing I noticed was the large picture taking up the top half of the page. It was a photo of Harry, Ron, and myself after our last year at Hogwarts. I hated that picture. It wasn’t so much the picture it was the fact that it had been taken at Dumbledore’s funeral. You could see the grief in our eyes as we comforted each other. The second thing I noticed was the headline:
Harry Potter and Friends to be Honored at Memorial Dinner
It seems that even though the war is now over, Harry Potter is still big news. He and his friends, Ronald Weasely and Hermione Granger are to receive the coveted Order of Merlin; first class at the upcoming memorial dinner. Minister for Magic, Kingsley Shacklebolt, was quoted as saying, “Harry, Ron and Hermione were among the main reason He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was defeated this past June.” When questioned further as to what he meant by this, Shacklebolt refused to comment further. The main question this reporter wants answered is: Why just these three? Weren’t there more people who are deserving of this award? We have been unable to contact Mr. Potter or his friends for comment. The memorial dinner is scheduled to be held on August 29.
“I see Rita Skeeter is still writing for the Prophet,” I said after reading the article.
“Yeah,” Harry sniggered. “I guess her latest book wasn’t such a big seller.”
“Oh, and why would that be?” I asked. “I thought the wizarding world was dying for the true story about the Boy-Who-Lived.”
“That would be it,” Ginny said laughing. “They want the true story. Not a bunch of lies written by a woman who wouldn’t know the truth if it was staring her in the face.”
The four of were still laughing when the owls arrived with our Hogwarts letters. The four owls perched on the counter and waited for us to take our letters. I grabbed mine and tore it open. I could hardly wait to find out what books were needed for the upcoming year. What I saw was something else entirely. As I opened the thick parchment the letter was written on something fell out.
“What’s that, Hermione,” Ron asked.
I bent down and picked up the shiny badge that had Head Girl engraved on it. “I got Head Girl,” I announced. I had been waiting to see that badge since I had first set eyes on Hogwarts, but now it felt wrong. I hoped it didn’t have anything to do with what had gone on last year.
“Good job,” Harry said. “I knew you would get it.”
I just nodded in his direction as I began reading my letter.
You are welcome back for your seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As I am sure you have already noticed you have been named Head Girl. This appointment is based soley on your past grades and not on things that may or may not have happened last year. The school year will begin as usual on September 1, however, with the memorial dinner coming up on August 29 the Hogwarts Express will be leaving from King’s Cross on August 28 so everyone may be able to attend. I will meet with you and the Head Boy when you arrive. Enclosed is the list of books for the upcoming year.
Professor Minerva McGonagall, Headmistress
I reread the letter pleased to know that my new position didn’t have blood on it.
“So who’s Head Boy,” Ginny asked. “I know when Percy got it his letter let him know who he would be working with.”
“I don’t know,” I confessed. “McGonagall didn’t say.”
“I wonder why,” Ron said finishing his letter.
Mrs. Weasely came back in to the kitchen after having gone and grabbed a load of laundry from the back room. She saw the four of us holding letters and said, “I see the Hogwarts letters have arrived. So when do you lot want to go to Diagon Alley?”
“We should go in the next week,” I spoke up. “We will be leaving a few days earlier this year because of the dinner.”
“What dinner,” Ron’s mother asked and immediately I felt as though I had shrank to about three inches tall. She didn’t know because she hadn’t read the paper that morning.
“Mum, please don’t start crying again,” Ron started slowly. “There is going to be a memorial dinner on August 29 held at the castle. Harry, Hermione and I are going to receive an award.”
“That’s nice,” Mrs. Weasely said. I could hear the tears in her voice, but I resisted the urge to go and comfort her.
After deciding that we would go to Diagon Alley on the next Thursday, I headed back upstairs to reply to Draco.
Thanks for the congratulations. I don’t deserve it though. I didn’t do anything special. We’re going to Diagon Alley next Thursday to get our school supplies. I got Head Girl. Hope to see you in a few days.
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